Nursing home sued after maggots found in patient’s ear

Facility denies wrongdoing, calling incident a ‘freak occurrence’
December 06, 2012, By Sally Ho, Chicago Tribune reporter

The family of a 90-year-old Alzheimer’s patient claims poor care by a suburban nursing home allowed 57 maggots to grow in her ear, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

The medical malpractice lawsuit claims Catherine McCann suffered severe injuries, elder abuse and neglect because Lutheran Home, 800 W. Oakton St., Arlington Heights, failed to provide “a reasonable standard of professional care.”

On Sept. 16, a nurse at the home was caring for McCann when a maggot was spotted moving in the Alzheimer’s patient’s ear. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital, said Phil Hemmer, the nursing home’s administrator.

Nursing home sued after maggots found in patient’s ear

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